April 16 and 24th
Charlotte Knights “Anti-bullying” Education Day (s) Field Trip for all students in all grade levels
Theme: “Be An Upstander to Help Stop Bullying”. How teamwork will help stop bullying.
"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." - Yogi Berra, Former Major League Baseball Player and Manager
Event dates April 16, 24: 9 am- 3 pm. Students and teachers can arrive anytime from 9-10 am according to their classroom and bus schedules. Schools can pick either date depending on their scheduling and send as many students and staff as they wish. *
Open to the public with emphasis on students of all grade levels, teachers, and staff from schools in SC as well as NC.
9-10 am: Ballpark opens. Local organizations to exhibit and provide fun related activities on the concourse. Also field level activities demonstrating playground anti-bullying role playing will be featured. Homer could play an active part in the activities since Homer is the most loved mascot in professional sports. In 2011 Homer set a world record for most hugs in a 24 hour period by a mascot.
10-10:45 am: Anti-bullying concert and guest speakers (a player will also talk briefly about being bullied). During breaks in the game videos about bullying created by local students will be shown as well as PSA’s.
“Bully Free Zone” banners will be placed throughout the ballpark the Yogi Berra quote on a large banner.
Admission: $5.00 per person. Payment can be made through the school or directly to the Charlotte Knights.
April 5, 2013
The National Inclusion Project Conference
Key Note Speaker on Bullying: Diane Benson
The National Inclusion Project (inclusionproject.org) serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with special needs and the world around them. By providing services and financial assistance, the Project supports communities and programs in creating awareness and opportunities for full inclusion where barriers break and doors open.
October 22, 2012
Engage Summit: Sponsored by CMS and The Attorney General's Office Western Division
Mission: Empowering Students, staff and community leaders to unite and take a stand to promote positive climates in their schools and communities
Hear My Voice: Change Starts with Me
As part of the Making It Better Campaign , Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the United States Attorney’s Office-Western District of North Carolina, held a second Engage Summit on October 22 at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. The mission is to empower students, staff and community leaders to unite and take a stand to promote positive climates in their schools and communities. The Foundation for Respect Ability was the organizer for the event.
The morning had team leadership exercises for approximately 130 children from 28 High Schools and 2 Middle Schools and staff . The afternoon consisted of discussion sessions with Facilitators on what you can take back to your schools to improve and change the culture and environment.
Parents Night At Pineville Elementary Showcased Teachers Efforts to Create "Upstanders"
Pineville Elementary School is held a Parent's Night on April 24th at 6:30 pm to celebrate their yearlong efforts with The Foundation for Respect Ability and their implementation of the "Don't Laugh at Me" program.
The program included a spring concert from their chorus and some character songs that were written by the students with the help of the Foundations Artistic Director Sid Krupkin. The students also performed role plays that emphasize what role an "Upstander" plays in order to help stop bullying.
The Foundation awarded Pineville Elementary School as an "Upstander" School for the 2011-2012 school year for their exemplary performance in creating a positive culture.
The Foundation for Respect Ability held a private screening of the controversial film BULLY. A panel of experts for a Q&A followed the screening.
Date: Thursday, April 12, 7-9:30 pm.
Where: Concord Mills Cinemas, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027
Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, BULLY is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis. BULLY follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, the film offers insight into the often cruel world of the lives of bullied children. 1 hour 30 minutes, NEW rating: PG-13
“Bully forces you to confront not the cruelty of specific children who have their own problems, and their good sides as well- but rather the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Lee Hirsch is one who is certainly making a difference. I endorse him and his brave and powerful movie and urge you to see it for yourself. You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference.” Rex Reed, New York Observer
A special thank you to the Weinstein Company, AMC Theatres and Concord Mills Theatre for their support with this event!.
The public premiere is April 13th
The Foundation for Respect Ability seeks to convert "bystanders" into "upstanders". We want people to be able to feel empowered and to be able to address bullying in all of its forms. The organizations mission is to facilitate opportunities for communication and to develop programs and strategies for helping parents, students, and educators as they deal with these issues.
Bullying Seminar Saturday – April 14, 2012
Ebenezer Baptist Church
2020 W. Sugar Creek Rd.
Hosted by: NAUW -Charlotte Branch, Ebenezer Baptist Church Youth Ministry, and Hats Off 2 U
Dr. Loucrecia Watson- Collins and The Foundation for Respect Ability will be leading some of the workshops
R&B/ Pop sensation Devin Kowl and Artistic Director and Perfomer Sid Krupkin singing together for the first time at the CMS Engage Summit
The Engage Summit
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • 7:30am to 2:30pm
- Hosted by CMS and US Attorney's Office-Western District of NC
As part of the Make It Better campaign, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and United States Attorney’s Office – Western District of North Carolina have launched a student empowerment initiative, called Engage to enhance school climates with a particular focus on building support teams. Our goal is simple: to empower students to take ownership in their school and community through student-led community collaboration.
The Foundation for Respect Ability is part of the planning team and also provides music and entertainment to help engage the audience.
October 30, 2011
"Don’t Laugh At Me” Fundraising Event to Help Stop Bullying
Featuring Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary with Billy Jonas
Peter Yarrow performed a heartwarming concert that spanned many generations!
Peter Yarrow and Sid Krupkin rehearsing with the childrens choir pre-concert, what a suprise treat to witness such love, respect and admiration!
We all looked on in amazement!
Billy Jonas got the audience on it's feet!
Peter, Billy, with the Pineville Children's Choir and the Charlotte Childrens Choir as one!
The Foundation for Respect Ability was proud to present an afternoon with Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, in concert at the Knight Theatre on October 30, 2011. Peter performed iconic songs like “If I Had A Hammer”, “Blowing In The Wind” “Puff, The Magic Dragon” and the anthem of Operation Respect’s school-based program, “Don’t Laugh At Me, which, along with highly effective social and emotional learning curricula fosters a caring, accepting, ridicule-free and bully-free school and community environment for children and adults, alike. Peter has presented this concert and advocacy throughout the United States and all over the world through his own organization, Operation Respect. The Foundation for Respect Ability, a nonprofit organization, is modeled after his successful organization and is sponsoring the event
Billy Jonas, who has performed with Peter in the past, is known internationally for highly engaging and energetic performances. Impossible to categorize, Jonas combines influences from folk, jazz, nonwestern traditions and one-of-a-kind sources, including the audience’s imagination. His latest CD “Happy Accidents” received a USA Today “10 Best of 2009” award. In April 2010, Billy and the Band were invited to play at the White House!